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One Man’s Best of Rochester Dream

We all have dreams. When I was eight it was to be an actor and star in a sitcom opposite the Olsen twins. Due to artistic differences and the fact that my parents weren’t going to pack up and move to L.A. for my child-actor career, that dream was lost. So I’ve moved on to new dreams and I’m asking for your help to make one of them a reality.

Since moving to Rochester and working at Writers & Books I have stumbled upon an annual event put on by City Newspaper called The Best of Rochester Awards. Haven’t heard of it? Let me break it down for you.

City Newspaper's Best of Rochester 2013
City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester 2013

Rochesterians (and fans of the city) go online and fill in the blanks of a Primary Ballot with over 100 categories ranging from best gourmet burger to best barista. These ballots generate the top four choices for each category. This is then printed and put into City Newspaper for readers to pick their Rochester favorites. After that, the City team spends what I can only imagine is 4 days locked in a basement somewhere under the streets of the Flower City calculating those results. The winners are announced and everyone joins hands and sings We Built This City by Starship in Manhattan Square Park


That last part may or may not be true (another dream of mine)


For years I have been longing for Writers & Books to have a spot on the winning sheet. I’ve sent e-NEW LOGOblasts, talked up Writers & Books to friends, and harassed strangers to vote for W&B.  And now I’m going to harass you.

There are 5 categories that Writers & Books could potentially win in:

#63 – Best Local Historical Site – Writers & Books

#74 – Best Local Website –

#75 – Best Local Twitter – @WritersandBooks

#103 – Best Local Special Event – If All of Rochester Read the Same Book

#113 – Best Category We Didn’t Include – Best First Friday Venue – Writers & Books


I know you have other favorites in mind, please vote for them as well! Just take a minute to read through our twitter feed, or go to our website and look at the past 13 years of the If All of Rochester Read the Same Book program.

We Want Your Vote!

Voting in the Primary Ballot will close promptly at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4th. Go to this link to vote. Help make my dream come true. If you can’t vote, please contact Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen and try and forward them my resume.


Chris F

PR Associate